Philip “Phil” Becher


Philip Becher, 92, died November 30, 2021, at his home. He entered this world on August 9, 1929 in Stratford, born to Edward and Bertha (Harter) Becher. 

Philip was a graduate of the 1948 class from Stratford High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a tail gunner from 1948 – 1952. Philip was united in marriage to Frances “Snooks” Fleischmann, October 1, 1955. Together, they farmed Arcadia Fryers for 26 years, then retired and moved to Winona, MN. Phil was devoted to his faith and family.

Phil was the loving father of Ed (Nola) Becher, Dan (Kathleen) Becher, Pat (Kathy) Becher, Mike (Deb) Becher, Ann (John) Tschan, Jerry (Kim) Becher, and Beth (Darrell) Nelson; proud Grandpa of Ben (Christy) Sehl, Philip (Jieun) Becher, Paul, Paige, Patrick, Chance, Willow, Nicky, Ricky, Brianna, Karli and Jeremy Becher; Paula (Pete) Rohde, Chad (Jen) Tschan, Jesse (Lydia) Stiehl, Jessica (Luke) Christensen, Ellen and Matthew Nelson; great-grandchildren: Will, Carter and Camp Sehl, Amanda (Nick) Brown, Ashley and Allie Tschan; Great-Great Grandson Tanner Brown.

Phil is survived by a sister, Jeannette Schuster; sisters-in-law: Bertie, Jean and Elaine Becher, Mary Lou Sauer, Bernice Tlusty, Betsy (Jerry) Koch; and brother-in-law, Gene Kalmon; and many, many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Frances; grand daughter, Brittany Stiehl; five brothers; five sisters and many in-laws.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, December 10, 2021, at 11:30 a.m., at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona, MN, with the Reverend Mark McNea officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass, with the Rosary at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Winona, MN. Hoff Celebration of Life Center - Goodview is assisting the family with arrangements.

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